Be direct

Helen Thomas, the first woman assigned to the White House to cover a president, died on July 20, 2013. She was a success because “she asked every question the only way she knew how—directly,” says Robert Gibbs, who served as President Obama’s press secretary from 2009 to 2011. Gibbs wrote Thomas’ obituary for the August […]

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Never ever give up

We nominate Diana Nyad for Resolute Woman of the Year. After swimming 110 miles from Cuba to Florida in 52 hours and 54 minutes, Nyad, who’s 64, had three things to say. * Never ever give up. * You’re never too old to chase your dreams. * It looks like a solitary sport, but it’s […]

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Caregivers—sacrifice and joy

When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer, my husband and I immediately moved her into our house and I became her caretaker. Today, we are grateful that she is alive, and she has been clear of cancer for two years. However, she continues to fight the ravages of chemotherapy and radiation. I am happy to […]

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A tribute to Roxie

Fayteen and her family are still grieving for their beloved dog, Roxie. Since Roxie died recently, we have been thinking about how much our animals teach us about life and love. They are always eager to greet us in the morning, always ready to sit quietly by our side, always ready to comfort us when […]

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Eager for new adventures

While I was watching my daughter, Mary Elizabeth, walk across the stage and receive her master’s degree recently, I remembered the day she started school at Children’s House Montessori School. I was nervous that day as I drove her to school for the first time because I was sure she would be anxious about leaving […]

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A hummingbird moth?

My daughter, Mary Elizabeth, thought she saw a tiny hummingbird feeding on purple flowers. She followed it as it fluttered around Blue Spring near Eureka Springs, where we were vacationing recently, trying to take a photograph. She walked slowly and quietly as she pursued the tiny creature—until she saw a dark snake suddenly slide across […]

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So many amazing things

I just read Wild by Cheryl Strayed again before my book club discussed the book. I was impressed by Strayed’s tenacity. Even though her boots were too small and her backpack was too heavy and the snow was too slippery, she kept hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. On her journey, she remembered her mother’s death […]

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A walk with nature

My family and I just returned from Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where we stayed in a cabin on a hill in the Ozark Mountains. One morning, my daughter and I walked from our cabin to Blue Spring. It’s a round spring of very cold water that native American Indians believe has healing powers. Native Americans lived […]

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Bossy little girls

Yeah for bossy little girls! “I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead she has leadership skills,” says Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer. Colleen Walker repeated that quote recently at a meeting of Girl Scout leaders. She’s the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, a council […]

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The secret to slimming

If those words seem familiar to you, you probably have been getting the same email message that has been sneaking past my spam filter and into my email box, over and over again, for almost a week. The message offers a 60 percent discount on an “absolutely safe and reliable product” that will help me […]

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